We had a fabulous speaker yesterday at our office meeting... A.J Gwyn...
(Yes, Chris was fabulous too speaking about Chris Jackson Property Inspections lol here's a little shot of him doing his thing... and he already had a new call today! Yay for him! Please click and be a fan of his Fan Page in Facebook if you have a sec, thanks for your support!)
Ok back on track, A.J. Gwyn, founder & commander with the Southern Crime Prevention Task Force came to speak to the Realtors in my office about safety and what we do. I will admit, he looked exactly like he stepped off Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (which was great because he really grabbed my attention haha). I know most of you reading are not a Realtor (for those who are I am so glad you are reading and getting this info if he did not come to your office!) but this is really for everyone. With the economy being the way it is, there are people who are so desperate for money, desperate to feed their drug addiction, and desperate to just get by and live. Even though we all like to think we live in a perfect world, it is just not realistic. There are bad people. There are crazy people. And there are people who really just don't give a "you know what" about other people and their lives. A.J. gave us some wonderful tips, most are things that are simple, we just don't think of them every day. So I wanted to share with you some tips he gave that I wrote down and also some statistics and I pray they will reside in your mind, Lord forbid, should you ever need them! It is good to be aware!
1. If you are carrying Pepper Spray... Throw it Away!
You may not know this and I didn't either so don't feel bad, but pepper spray doesn't do the trick anymore. Several reasons, it is only good for 12 months then it expires, it is only 1% of whatever that chemical is called that is the harmful stuff, if you miss their eyes or they cover them up real quick, you are pretty much screwed. OC SPRAY is WHAT YOU NEED TO CARRY! I got some yesterday. It is much better, lasts up to 3 years, sprays a straight shot so it is easier, and it effects eyes and lungs, so basically if you have to spray and they just breath it in, it slows breathing for about 45 minutes (which is more than enough time to run and get the hell away ha!) You can not buy it at drugstores, must be an official police store I think. You can google it and find some near you I am sure.
This what mine looks like, and you don't have to unsnap the button to use it! It's awesome!
2. 85% of the time, your GUT instinct is right!
If you feel your gut telling you that you are in an uncomfortable situation, then remove yourself! Your gut instinct is very important. Our bodies and mind can help tell us things, it is our job to listen. Obviously this can not work 100% of time, so always be aware of your surroundings, but usually you can trust your gut and you will know when you get that feeling!
3. Always Make Eye Contact w/ Strangers
I learned this yesterday, it seems simple but I honestly had never thought of it before... when you make eye contact with someone it shows confidence. If someone can't make eye contact, usually they are lying, fearful, nervous, etc etc. So always try to make eye contact, even if you feel uncomfortable.
4. Keep People out of your Personal Space!
This is usually pretty easy for most people, because most of us don't like a stranger up in our space! ha! But realistically, it is very smart. Always keep 6-8ft between you and stranger, especially if you are alone. People don't need to get that close to you...and keeping that space gives you more time to react should you have to.
5. Know Where People's Hands Are
This is kind of a given, but try to pay attention to people's hands and make sure you can see them at all times. Just makes you more aware and alert of what they are doing.
6. Your Cell Phone Could Save Your Life
Everyone needs to put 911 on speed dial on your phone, or download the 911 App for your smart phone. A.J told a story about someone who had been robbed and afterwards was so shaken up he literlaly couldn't dial 911... and I am sure this happens a lot. When our bodies are full of fear and anxiety sometimes they can do weird things and then not do certain things we want them to. So it is easier to just be able to press one button and call 911 should you need to. I do not have an iPhone, but I googled it for you all and I think there is an App for it for those of you do have one...
Here is a sample, not the exact one I purchased but close and similar just so you can get the idea!